Lake Forest native Matt Grevers qualifies for Pan Pacific Championships

<p>Matt Gravers finishes the Men's 100m Backstroke final at the USA Swimming Arena Grand Prix Swim Meet, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas.  |  Jack Plunkett/The Associated Press</p>
Matt Grevers finishes a swim in January 2014. | Jack Plunkett | The Associated Press

Lake Forest native and Northwestern alum Matt Grevers has qualified for the Pan Pacific Championships in the 100m backstroke.  His time of 52.75 seconds was the third fastest in the world this year. According to NBC Sports:

“Matt Grevers won the 100m backstroke at the U.S. Championships on Saturday night, keeping Michael Phelps winless in three events at his first Nationals in two years.

Grevers, the Olympic and World champion, clocked 52.75 seconds, the third-fastest time in the world this year.

He qualified for the Pan Pacific Championships with the victory, which is particularly notable for the 6-foot-8 video game lover.

Four years ago, Grevers entered Nationals as the Olympic 100m back silver medalist and failed to make Pan Pacs, which also kept him out of the 2011 World Championships.

‘I never had doubt in my swimming career until 2010, and it kind of changed me completely,’ Grevers said. ‘From then on, no matter how good I feel, I’m always like, oh, it could happen again. So it’s good that it didn’t happen again, and I’m swimming pretty well.’”

[Read the entire story on NBC Sports]

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